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Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

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Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

- ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand on Saturday. After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for his 32-year-old star. "Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo," the coach said Friday, smiling when asked how Russia's enthusiasm for the current world's best player compared to other countries

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Does Cristiano Ronaldo Really Want to Quit Real Madrid This Time?

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Does Cristiano Ronaldo Really Want to Quit Real Madrid This Time?

- You don't have to believe a magician is sawing his assistant in half to enjoy the spectacle. When the poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the term "suspension of disbelief" in 1817, it is unlikely he envisaged 200 years on we would still be guided by its principles. Yet here we are, again, for a third time, scouring the social media accounts of the world's most famous athlete for clues as to whether Cristiano Ronaldo really could this time quit Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo Pushing For Manchester United Return, Tells Agent To Do ‘Everything’ To Secure Transfer

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Cristiano Ronaldo Pushing For Manchester United Return, Tells Agent To Do ‘Everything’ To Secure Transfer

- Manchester United are ready to ship David De Gea and £183 million to Real Madrid in exchange for Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata, according to the Daily Mail. The blockbuster proposal comes as BBC Sport reports that Ronaldo, 32, has become increasingly unhappy in Madrid due to lingering tax fraud allegations and a perceived lack of support from his soccer club and “doesn’t want to stay in Spain

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Spanish prosecutor files tax fraud lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo

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Spanish prosecutor files tax fraud lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo

- MADRID Spain's prosecutor's office in Madrid said on Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit against soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for allegedly defrauding Spanish authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.48 million) between 2011 and 2014. The prosecutor's office said in a statement that Real Madrid's Ronaldo had knowingly used a business structure created in 2010 to allegedly hide his income in Spain from his image rights

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England team news: Rashford handed wide role against Scotland as captain Kane leads the line

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England team news: Rashford handed wide role against Scotland as captain Kane leads the line

- The Manchester United forward has had to make way to the Tottenham striker, while West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore is handed a starting spot. Marcus Rashford will fill a similar position to that he is used to at Manchester United when lining up for England against Scotland. The teenage forward has been asked to take on a wide role by Garth Southgate, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane leading the line

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo Should Be Talked About as the GOAT

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo Should Be Talked About as the GOAT

- Early-season rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo's demise—following a slow start by his goalscoring standardshave been greatly exaggerated. The Real Madrid goal machine has burst into life in the spring with 14 goals in nine end-of-season games. His killer instinct, including hat-tricks in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madridhas helped his club to a first league title since 2012 and a berth in Saturday's Champions League final

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Paul Pogba, World’s Most Expensive Footballer, Makes Pilgrimage To Mecca To Mark The Start Of Ramadan

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Paul Pogba, World’s Most Expensive Footballer, Makes Pilgrimage To Mecca To Mark The Start Of Ramadan

- Paul Pogba, Manchester United footballer, has flown to Saudi Arabia and landed in Islam’s holiest city as he marked the start of Ramadan. Pogba, the world’s most expensive footballer, arrived in Saudi Arabia just three days after lifting the Europa League trophy after Manchester United beat Ajax in Stockholm. On Sunday, the French international shared a wearing simple white garments and captioned the photo the “most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life

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Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction

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Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction

- Lionel Messi has lost his appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court concerning his tax-fraud conviction. The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007 to 2009. He is not expected to go to prison because sentences of less than two years for first offenses are usually suspended in Spain

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Lionel Messi Has 4-Match Argentina Ban Rescinded After FIFA Appeal

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Lionel Messi Has 4-Match Argentina Ban Rescinded After FIFA Appeal

- Lionel Messi's four-match international ban for insulting a match official has been lifted by FIFA after a successful appeal by the Argentinian Football Association. The Barcelona superstar was handed the suspension in March after he was found to have verbally abused an assistant referee during Argentina's FIFA World Cup qualifier with Chile, per ESPN FC. However, the FIFA Appeal Committee has now overturned the decision on appeal after concluding "the evidence available was not sufficient to establish to the appropriate standard," per FIFA

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during the Champions League semifinals and more: May 2 in photos

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during the Champions League semifinals and more: May 2 in photos

- Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammate Sergio Ramos after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinals first-leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid; President Trump holds up an Air Force Academy football jersey that was given to him by team captain Weston Steelhammer during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in the Rose Garden of the White House; and residents of Mosul, Iraq, reach out for freshly baked cookies at a food distribution point

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Ronaldo and Messi face off to decide Spanish league title

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Ronaldo and Messi face off to decide Spanish league title

- MADRID | The two best players in the world will face off again, this time with the Spanish league title on the line. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi meet on Sunday when Real Madrid and Barcelona play their latest clasico. The outcome at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium could allow Madrid to virtually secure its first league title since 2012, or put Barcelona back in position to win its third consecutive trophy

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Hillsboro 5-year-old dreams of trip to Spain as he fights rare brain tumor

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Hillsboro 5-year-old dreams of trip to Spain as he fights rare brain tumor

- HILLSBORO, Ore. — It's natural for kids to idolize sports figures, but the mother of 5-year-old Neymar Lara says her son's obsession with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo rises to another level. "He loves Cristiano Ronaldo," Anayeli Acosta says. "I mean, he's the best player in the world. He wants to go to Spain and watch his favorite player and his favorite soccer team, Real Madrid

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Could Argentina (and Lionel Messi) actually miss the World Cup?

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Could Argentina (and Lionel Messi) actually miss the World Cup?

- With four games left to play in South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Argentina finds itself in fifth place, with only four automatic qualifying spots. Worse, its star, Lionel Messi, has been suspended for four games for verbally abusing an assistant referee. Could a World Cup actually be contested without Argentina for the first time since 1970? As it stands now, Brazil has one spot locked up with 33 points

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Ronaldo bust looks nothing like Ronaldo, and the Internet noticed

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Ronaldo bust looks nothing like Ronaldo, and the Internet noticed

- Besides his soccer prowess, Cristiano Ronaldo is known for being exceptionally handsome, and at least somewhat vain. So what must he have been thinking on Wednesday when he turned up at Madeira International Airport (now renamed Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo) for the unveiling of a bust that, well, was not exactly an uncanny likeness? Most art connoisseurs out there were not impressed

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'Hideous' Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs

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'Hideous' Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs

- FUNCHAL (Reuters) - When the island of Madeira on Wednesday renamed its airport in honor of its hometown hero Cristiano Ronaldo, all eyes were expected to be on the four-time world player of the year who is adored not only for his soccer skills but also his model looks. But grabbing attention instead was a bronze bust of the player with a toothy grin and bulging eyes that instantly created a laugh on social media because of its debatable likeness

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FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

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FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

- GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi’s suspension for “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La Paz

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Twitter Reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo's Statue Unveiling at Madeira Airport

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Twitter Reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo's Statue Unveiling at Madeira Airport

- A bust of Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed as " Per The Telegraph's Sean Gibson, the airport has been renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport to honour the island's most famous citizen, but the new statue unveiled to mark the occasion bears little resemblance to the four-time Ballon d'Or winner: Reaction to the bust has been mixed

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Reports: Lionel Messi could pay fine to avoid prison time in tax case
Reports: Lionel Messi could pay fine to avoid prison time in tax case Spanish prosecutors may let soccer star Lionel Messi pay an additional fine instead of serving the 21-month prison term imposed in his tax fraud case, according to multiple reports on Friday. The Argentine FC Barcelona forward would be allowed to pay a fine of 255,000 Euros (about $285,000) instead of serving time in jail, the BBC reported. Messi was fined 2 million Euros ($2   Read More ...
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Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game
Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand on Saturday. After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for his 32-year-old star. "Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo," the coach said Friday, smiling when asked how Russia's enthusiasm for the current world's best player compared to other countries   Read More ...
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Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game
Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand on Saturday. After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for his 32-year-old star. "Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo," the coach said Friday, smiling when asked how Russia's enthusiasm for the current world's best player compared to other countries   Read More ...
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Spain prosecutor says not opposed to lifting prison sentence for Messi
Spain prosecutor says not opposed to lifting prison sentence for Messi MADRID The Barcelona state prosecutor said on Friday it was not opposed to substituting a 21-month prison sentence for a fine for tax fraud handed down to soccer player Lionel Messi, as long as the fine was the maximum allowed under law. Neither is the prosecutor opposed to suspending Messi's prison sentence, and that of his father, on proviso that they have no more brushes with the law for three years given that both have had clean criminal records up to now   Read More ...
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Soccer star Ronaldo willing to pay $16.4 mln to Spain tax authorities: report
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers Group B match between Portugal and Hungary at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 25, 2017. Portugal won 3-0.(Xinhua/Zhang Liyun) Real Madrid's football player Cristiano Ronaldo was willing to pay 14.7 million euros (16.4 million U.S. dollars) to Spain's tax authorities over alleged tax fraud, local media reported on Wednesday   Read More ...
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Does Cristiano Ronaldo Really Want to Quit Real Madrid This Time?
Does Cristiano Ronaldo Really Want to Quit Real Madrid This Time? You don't have to believe a magician is sawing his assistant in half to enjoy the spectacle. When the poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the term "suspension of disbelief" in 1817, it is unlikely he envisaged 200 years on we would still be guided by its principles. Yet here we are, again, for a third time, scouring the social media accounts of the world's most famous athlete for clues as to whether Cristiano Ronaldo really could this time quit Real Madrid   Read More ...
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Spanish state prosecutor charges Cristiano Ronaldo with tax fraud
Spanish state prosecutor charges Cristiano Ronaldo with tax fraud A Spanish state prosecutor accused Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding Spain's tax office of $16.5 million in unpaid taxes on Tuesday. In a statement, Madrid's regional state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four accounts of tax fraud from 2011-14. It said the Portugal forward “took advantage of a business structure created in 2010 to hide from fiscal authorities income generated in Spain from image rights   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo Pushing For Manchester United Return, Tells Agent To Do ‘Everything’ To Secure Transfer
Cristiano Ronaldo Pushing For Manchester United Return, Tells Agent To Do ‘Everything’ To Secure Transfer Manchester United are ready to ship David De Gea and £183 million to Real Madrid in exchange for Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata, according to the Daily Mail. The blockbuster proposal comes as BBC Sport reports that Ronaldo, 32, has become increasingly unhappy in Madrid due to lingering tax fraud allegations and a perceived lack of support from his soccer club and “doesn’t want to stay in Spain   Read More ...
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo accused of $16.4m tax evasion
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo accused of $16.4m tax evasion Agency for Cristiano Ronaldo says he was not trying to evade Spanish taxes Prosecutors accuse the Real Madrid star of defrauding authorities of $16.4 million in tax Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax between 2011 and 2014. In a statement, the prosecutor's office said Ronaldo, a four-time Ballon d'Or winner, had used a "business structure" -- created in 2010 -- to hide the revenue generated by his image rights from the Spanish treasury, describing the breach as "voluntary" and "conscious   Read More ...
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Real Madrid has 'full confidence' in Cristiano Ronaldo over tax issue
Real Madrid has 'full confidence' in Cristiano Ronaldo over tax issue Ronaldo will prove his innocence, says Real Star's agency says he was not trying to evade Spanish taxes Prosecutors have accused the footballer of defrauding authorities of $16.4m in tax (CNN)Real Madrid says it has "full confidence" in Cristiano Ronaldo after their star player was accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax. The Spanish club said it was "absolutely convinced" that the 32-year-old forward will prove his "total innocence   Read More ...
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Is Cristiano Ronaldo ready to leave Real Madrid?
Is Cristiano Ronaldo ready to leave Real Madrid? Ronaldo is a four-time Ballon d'Or winner Portugal captain regarded as an all-time great Reports that the forward wants to leave Real Madrid (CNN)Within a few hours, what had started as a Friday whisper had turned into an unrelenting din. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world's greatest footballers, wanted to leave Real Madrid. Cue shock and surprise as social media went into meltdown   Read More ...
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Is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo Really Set To Be A One Billion Euro Player?
Is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo Really Set To Be A One Billion Euro Player? Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly insisted that he wants to move away from the Spanish club this summer. Ronaldo has been a Real Madrid player since he left Manchester United in 2009. Since joining the Spanish giants, Ronaldo has scored 406 goals in 394 appearances for Real Madrid, and as Metro report, he is considered one of the finest players of all time   Read More ...
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Real Madrid defends Ronaldo from tax fraud accusations
Real Madrid defends Ronaldo from tax fraud accusations Real Madrid says it believes Cristiano Ronaldo is "innocent" after a Spanish state prosecutor accused him of defrauding the country's tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). The club issued a statement saying "Real Madrid expresses its complete confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted within the law as far as complying with his fiscal obligations   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo denies wrongdoing over Spanish taxes
Cristiano Ronaldo denies wrongdoing over Spanish taxes MADRID Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo denied through his representatives on Tuesday ever hiding any income from the taxman or committing any tax fraud in Spain, hours after a tax fraud lawsuit was filed against him in Madrid. "There is no tax evasion scheme ... There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything," Gestifute, the agency representing the Real Madrid player, said in a statement   Read More ...
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Spanish prosecutor files tax fraud lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo
Spanish prosecutor files tax fraud lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo MADRID Spain's prosecutor's office in Madrid said on Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit against soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for allegedly defrauding Spanish authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.48 million) between 2011 and 2014. The prosecutor's office said in a statement that Real Madrid's Ronaldo had knowingly used a business structure created in 2010 to allegedly hide his income in Spain from his image rights   Read More ...
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England team news: Rashford handed wide role against Scotland as captain Kane leads the line
England team news: Rashford handed wide role against Scotland as captain Kane leads the line The Manchester United forward has had to make way to the Tottenham striker, while West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore is handed a starting spot. Marcus Rashford will fill a similar position to that he is used to at Manchester United when lining up for England against Scotland. The teenage forward has been asked to take on a wide role by Garth Southgate, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane leading the line   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid ready for Champions League final
CARDIFF, Wales — Cristiano Ronaldo has saved his best for last. Ronaldo enters the Champions League final playing his best soccer of the season, peaking at the right time as Real Madrid gets ready to take on Juventus on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. “I feel good,” Ronaldo said before traveling to Britain, “in great form.” The Portugal forward paced himself like never before this season, skipping several games so he could stay fresh and thrive in the final stretch   Read More ...
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Real Madrid repeats as Champions League winner
Real Madrid repeats as Champions League winner CARDIFF, Wales — Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first European champion to retain its title since 1990, showcasing his enduring lethal scoring qualities Saturday night in a 4-1 victory against Juventus. Ronaldo scored twice to become the first player in the modern era to score in three finals. Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates Saturday night after scoring during the 4-1 victory against Juventus in the Champions League final at Cardiff, Wales   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to Champions League title
Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to Champions League title Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to ensure Real Madrid became the first repeat Champions League titlists Saturday, beating Juventus, 4-1, in Cardiff, Wales. Mario Mandzukic tied the game at 1 in the 27th minute, but Casemiro restored the lead in the 61st, Ronaldo scored his 600th career goal three minutes later, and Marco Asensio wrapped up a record-extending 12th title in the 90th   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo capped off his best year ever with one of his best performances ever in the Champions League final
Cristiano Ronaldo capped off his best year ever with one of his best performances ever in the Champions League final There is nothing tactics can do when one of history's greatest ever playersis feeling it. That was Cristiano Ronaldo's message to the world on Saturday. His brace pushed Real Madrid past Juventus for their 12th Champions League win, cementing their status as Europe's most successful club. It's the first time any club has won back-to-back UCL titles in the tournament's entire history, and once again, Real Madrid can thank their talisman for putting them in the record books   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid retain Champions League title
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid retain Champions League title Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first Champions League holder to retain its title, showcasing his enduring scoring qualities in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in Cardiff, Wales. In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo scored twice to become the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals   Read More ...
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Real Madrid defeats Juventus in UEFA Champions League final
Real Madrid defeats Juventus in UEFA Champions League final Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid defeated Juventus to become the first team to win consecutive UEFA Champions League titles. Time Sports. CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first Champions League holder to retain its title, showcasing his enduring scoring qualities in a 4-1 victory over Juventus on Saturday   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice to help Real Madrid retain Champions League title against Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice to help Real Madrid retain Champions League title against Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his enduring lethal scoring qualities to ensure Real Madrid became the first Champions League holder to retain its title, netting twice in beating Juventus 4-1 on Saturday.   Read More ...
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Watch Cristiano Ronaldo do it again, score his second of the Champions League final
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo do it again, score his second of the Champions League final Cristiano Ronaldo just can't stop scoring. The bigger the match, the more likely he is to score, and that's especially true in European competition. The Portuguese already holds the record for goals in European competition, and with his goal to open Saturday's Champions League final became the first player to score in three of the tournament'sfinals. But that was't enough -- he had to add a second   Read More ...
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Messi to build brand in China with theme park
Messi to build brand in China with theme park Chinese fans will be able to celebrate the achievements of Barcelona soccer great Lionel Messi at a new theme park to be built in Beijing. The Messi Experience Park, which is being launched by the five times world player of the year in collaboration with Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Group and Spanish media company Mediapro, is set to open in 2019 in the Chinese capital   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi? Real Madrid Star Finally Opens Up About His Relationship With Barcelona Ace
Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi? Real Madrid Star Finally Opens Up About His Relationship With Barcelona Ace Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his relationship with Lionel Messi, making his most candid and honest remarks yet about whether the two are actually friends. And while Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that they are far from friends, he did insist that over the years, they’ve developed a “cordial” and pleasant relationship. At first, Cristiano Ronaldo heaped praise on Lionel Messi, insisting that he loves to watch the Barcelona forward in action whenever he gets the opportunity   Read More ...
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Why Cristiano Ronaldo Should Be Talked About as the GOAT
Why Cristiano Ronaldo Should Be Talked About as the GOAT Early-season rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo's demise—following a slow start by his goalscoring standardshave been greatly exaggerated. The Real Madrid goal machine has burst into life in the spring with 14 goals in nine end-of-season games. His killer instinct, including hat-tricks in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madridhas helped his club to a first league title since 2012 and a berth in Saturday's Champions League final   Read More ...
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Paul Pogba, World’s Most Expensive Footballer, Makes Pilgrimage To Mecca To Mark The Start Of Ramadan
Paul Pogba, World’s Most Expensive Footballer, Makes Pilgrimage To Mecca To Mark The Start Of Ramadan Paul Pogba, Manchester United footballer, has flown to Saudi Arabia and landed in Islam’s holiest city as he marked the start of Ramadan. Pogba, the world’s most expensive footballer, arrived in Saudi Arabia just three days after lifting the Europa League trophy after Manchester United beat Ajax in Stockholm. On Sunday, the French international shared a wearing simple white garments and captioned the photo the “most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life   Read More ...
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Watch Cristiano Ronaldo's son score yet another stunner free kick, just like his dad
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo's son score yet another stunner free kick, just like his dad Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. may be early in his soccer career he's only 6 years oldbut he's already following in his famous father's footsteps. And while we already sawthe amazing free kick he scored last month, the real test for any star in the making is consistency. Well, Cristiano Jr. scored another stunner that his proud dad shared on Saturdaya free kick that a soccer player of any age would love to score   Read More ...
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Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction
Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction Lionel Messi has lost his appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court concerning his tax-fraud conviction. The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007 to 2009. He is not expected to go to prison because sentences of less than two years for first offenses are usually suspended in Spain   Read More ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Lead Forbes' List of Highest-Paid Soccer Players
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Lead Forbes' List of Highest-Paid Soccer Players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once again lead ' list of the best-paid football players in the world for 2017, with the Real Madrid man netting The two have won every Ballon d'Or award since 2008 between them and predictably rank well ahead of every other player in the world in terms of income as well. Barcelona's Neymar ranks third, with an income of $37 million   Read More ...
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Barcelona 'fully support' Messi after fraud sentence
La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail. Five-time World Player of the Year winner Messi, who has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, was handed a 21-month prison sentence and fined 2 million euros ($2   Read More ...
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Spain Supreme Court ratifies Messi's prison sentence after appeal: Media
Spain Supreme Court ratifies Messi's prison sentence after appeal: Media Spain's Supreme Court has ratified a 21-month prison sentence handed down to Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi for tax fraud following the Barcelona player's appeal, Spanish media reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources. The Supreme Court could not immediately confirm the reports. Messi, and his father Jorge Horacio who received the same sentence, were also fined 2 million euros (£1.7 million) in a ruling in July last year   Read More ...
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"Bravest" FDNY semi-pro footballers use chicken as mascot
NEW YORK (AP) — A semi-pro football team made up of New York City firefighters has an interesting choice for a team mascot — a chicken named Pudgie they found in Chicago. Last month, members of the FDNY Bravest rescued the malnourished chicken who was wandering near a Chicago-area slaughterhouse. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2qFYZSm ) Pudgie is named in memory of team founder Lt   Read More ...
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Lionel Messi Has A Serious Look-Alike
Lionel Messi Has A Serious Look-Alike Life as a Lionel Messi look-alike can be grand. Reza Parastesh of Tehran is often mobbed by photo seekers and fans, Ruptly reports in the segment above. But there is a downside, too. AFP noted that the Iranian student was almost jailed last week because his presence created a mob scene in Hamedan. Police escorted him to a station and impounded his car to get traffic flowing again   Read More ...
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Police Detain Man Who Looks (Too Much) Like Lionel Messi
Police Detain Man Who Looks (Too Much) Like Lionel Messi TEHRAN, Iran — Reza Parastesh, an Iranian student, looks so much like Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week. So many people came out to take selfies with Parastesh in the western city of Hamadan over the weekend that police rushed him into a station and impounded his car to stop the chaos and clear traffic   Read More ...
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Arturo Vidal accuses FIFA of special treatment for Lionel Messi after ban is reduced
Lionel Messi's overturned ban for the Argentina national team has South American rival Arturo Vidal insinuating FIFA employs special treatment for star players. The Chilean midfielder said it's "good" in the grand scheme of things that Messi's ban was overturned, but also implied there's a different set of rules for the game's top players. "That's a difficult issue," Vidal said to AND Radio, via Goal   Read More ...
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Messi nets goals 50 & 51, Barca & Madrid stay locked at top
Messi nets goals 50 & 51, Barca & Madrid stay locked at top BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals in all competitions to help Barcelona keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league's tight title race on Saturday. Neymar and Luis Suarez also struck in a 4-1 victory over Villarreal that increased the combined goal tally of Barcelona's trio of star strikers to 102 in the campaign   Read More ...
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Watch Lionel Messi ruin a defender to score MSN's 100th goal this season with Barcelona
Watch Lionel Messi ruin a defender to score MSN's 100th goal this season with Barcelona For the third consecutive year, Barcelona's dynamic attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have combined to score 100 goals. Entering Saturday's match against Villarreal, the trio dubbed "MSN" needed two goals to reach the century mark. They reached that benchmark before halftime. Neymar pounced on a ball in the box to poke home the game's opening goal, butRoberto Soldado soon equalized   Read More ...
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Championships give Cristiano Ronaldo the edge over Lionel Messi as the greatest of all time
Championships give Cristiano Ronaldo the edge over Lionel Messi as the greatest of all time This is really embarrassing, but I have a confession to make. For years I’ve used this space to hail Lionel Messi as the world’s best soccer player. Consider this declaration I wrote in 2012: “He is, simply, the best soccer player of all time.” I wasn’t alone in that assessment. “For me,” former Barcelona teammate Isaac Cuenca said at the time, “he is the best ever   Read More ...
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